I am writing from Azerbaijan. Swimming is not yet a popular sport in my country like wrestling.
My 9-year old son goes once in a week for swimming and he swims 1 kilometer without stopping (all 4 types). Do you think it is too long for him to swim given the fact that he goes only once in a week? Please be also noted that he goes to judo 3 times in a week.
Please also advise how many times in a week he should go for swimming in a week and which distance he should cover to get a professional level at swimming sport?
Thanks in advance
If you are interested in your child getting to a “professional level at swimming sport”, may I suggest you consider purchasing the eBook version of www.SwimmingForParents.com.
There is a chapter on ‘The Young Swimmer – 7 to 9 years’ which covers topics like ‘Getting Started’ in the sport of swimming, the ‘Number of Sessions’ children should be doing at this age, the ‘Session Structure’, the ‘Skills Learnt’ in that age level and information on ‘Competitions’ for 7 to 9 year olds.
The following chapter focuses on swimming at a “Junior Competitive Level – 10 to 13 years” and there are many other relevant sections in the book.
To answer your specific question, for capable 8 and 9 year olds I would recommend 3 times per week for a period of 1 to 1½ hours. This is of course dependent on the availability of sessions for the junior squad your child is in.
The distance will vary however in one hour swimmers should be looking to cover 1 to 2km. This is not necessarily continuous swimming but doing different sets to learn different skills.
The Swimming Expert